Brownfield Register

The Brownfield Register is designed to help housebuilders identify suitable sites quickly, speeding up the construction of new homes and maximising the number of new homes built on land that has previously been developed. The register includes a standard set of information, which will be updated biannually (in June and December) and made publicly available to help provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage investment in local areas.

All sites included in the register must meet the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) definition of previously developed land (brownfield land):

Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. This excludes: land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures; land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously-developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time.

To be considered suitable for housing, sites must meet the definition of brownfield land and be:

  • Available (willing landowner),
  • In a suitable location for housing (in accordance with Taunton Deane planning policies and the NPPF) and free from constraints that cannot be mitigated,
  • Viable and capable of being delivered within 5 years or developed later on (e.g. between 6 and 10 years),
  • Capable of supporting five or more dwellings or more than 0.25 hectares.

The Brownfield Register does not affect the status of sites that already have planning permission or are allocated for development in the adopted Core Strategy or the Site Allocations and development Management Plan.

The inclusion of other sites on the pilot Brownfield Register does not give them any formal status, or grant permission in principle. Planning applications on these sites will be considered on their merits in accordance with the local plan, national policy and any other material considerations.

You can view the Brownfield Register using the link below:

West Somerset Brownfield Register PDF

West Somerset Brownfield Register CSV